Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Window With A View

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Window With A View.

It was the photo of a Woodpecker looking out of its nest hole in Amy’s prompt for the challenge that gave me the idea for this post. It made me think of the various species of birds I have photographed looking out of their nest holes. Then I started considering the reverse, me looking out of openings when I was photographing various species.

A house window. Actually a bedroom window of my parents house in Cheshire, England. An upstairs window got me closer to eye with this Redwing eating a Holly berry.

A Redwing in a Holly tree.

 

A vehicle window. Friend’s had this Red Fox hunting in the hay field behind their house. I parked by the side of their garage and photographed it out of the drivers door window.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Window With A View

 

An opening in a permanent wooden hide (blind). In this case, two Great Crested Grebes on a reservoir in south Cheshire, England.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes.

 

An opening in a fabric portable hide (blind). A male Common Redpoll feeding on seeds blown onto a snow drift near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Throwback Thursday: 9th January 2020

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: On Display

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: On Display.

I decided to take a sideways look at the challenge and go with a selection of birds on display to attract a mate or displaying to a potential mate.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display.

displaying Great Crested Grebes

 

A displaying male Yellow-headedBlackbird.

Yellow-headed Blackbird male displaying.

 

A male Ruddy Duck displays to a female. The bubbles in the water in front of the male are from him forcing the air out of his chest feathers by striking his chest with his bill which is part of the courtship display.

Male Ruddy Duck bubbling at female.

 

A displaying male Red-winged Blackbird.

Male Red-winged Blackbird.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cold

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cold.

Here’s a selection of four cold winter shots covering the past four decades.

Frost and snow covered farmland near Audlem, Cheshire, England in the 1980s.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cold

 

A frozen section of marsh at dusk, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s.

Frozen marsh at dusk.

 

A mostly frozen and snow covered Lake Huron with Chantry Island and its lighthouse, Ontario, Canada at sunset in the 2000s.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cold

 

A section of a frozen Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario, Canada at sunrise taken in the 2010s.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cold

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Creepy

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Creepy.

The prompt got me thinking about creepy crawlies, a term for insects and other invertebrates used by people who dislike or are afraid of them.

A portrait of a Horsefly. I find its eyes interesting although I dislike getting bitten by one. I cropped the photo square and added a heavy vignette to focus attention on the eyes.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Creepy

 

A Zebra Spider. Another species some people find creepy. It’s a small jumping spider, the jumping ability can add to the creepiness of it. It’s a common species in the northern hemisphere, this one was photographed in Cheshire, England but I have seen plenty of them in this part of Ontario, Canada. Once again I cropped the photo square and added a heavy vignette to focus attention on the spider.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Creepy

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Monochrome

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Monochrome.

I hadn’t come up with an idea for this challenge when I headed down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise on Sunday morning. With some interesting clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment I was hoping for some colour at sunrise. No colour ever developed so I started thinking about some monochrome conversions for the challenge.

I had taken my lightweight kit of a small mirrorless camera and three manual focus prime lenses. So I tried to make a set of three images, one with each lens.

A view of the bay with the wide angle lens.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Monochrome

 

A section of the shoreline and bay with the standard lens.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Monochrome

 

Isolating a section of clouds over the Niagara Escarpment with the telephoto lens.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Monochrome

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seeing Double

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seeing Double.

Three doubles from Ontario, Canada.

Two Coneflowers.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seeing Double

 

Two rainbows.

Barn and rainbows.

 

Two Sandhill Cranes.

Sandhill Cranes at sunrise.

 

Three doubles from Cheshire, England.

Two Pond Skaters making more Pond Skaters.

Mating Pond Skaters.

 

Two Fly Agaric.

Amanita muscaria.

 

Two Great Crested Grebes.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes.